Fakorede places fourth in weight throw at NCAA Championships

Adedire Fakorede placed fourth in the weight throw to earn All-American honors for the second straight season at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. (Aaron Morse/Bates College)

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Bates junior Adedire Fakorede became a two-time All-American with a fourth-place finish in the 35-pound weight throw Friday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Fakorede (Newark, N.J.) matched his performance at the NCAA Championships from a year ago with a season-best throw of 18.83 meters. At last year's meet, Fakorede's best throw came on his final attempt of the day, earning him a third place finish. This time, his second throw of the meet was good enough to hold up for fourth place. The top eight finishers earned All-American honors.

This season Fakorede transitioned from a two-turn technique in the weight throw to a three-turn technique. His performance on Friday saw his hard work all season rewarded. 

"It was a very fun competition," Fakorede said. "I'd really like to thank coach Al Fereshetian for being very patient with me this season. This was the first meet where we really started to get a glimpse of what we've been working on in practice." 

Fakorede joins David Pless '13 and Lucas Adams '00 as the only Bates men's throwers to finish in the top five twice in the 35-pound weight throw at the NCAA Championships. He is the sixth Bates men's thrower to earn at least two All-American finishes in the event and the first since Sean Enos '15

In other men's track & field action, the Bobcat distance medley Relay team just missed out on an All-American finish. The DMR team of senior captain Patrick Griffin (Harvard, Mass.), sophomore Michael Somma (Colts Neck, N.J.), junior Rob Flynn (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Jack Kiely (Severna Park, Md.) held a lead early in their race but ended up finishing in 10th place with a time of 10:08.21. 

Friday's action wraps up the indoor championships for the the men's track & field team. They now transition into their outdoor season. 

"I'm definitely excited for outdoors because I'll be using my three-turn technique in the hammer throw as well," said Fakorede.